Down through the Chimney

The incredibly long cold snap in Colorado, that I hear has taken over a good portion of the US, has me wanting to snuggle in by a nice warming fire.  Here are some favorite fireplaces from my inspiration files.

A suite in the Greenwich Hotel (partially owned by Robert De Niro). This has to be one of the coolest hotels I have ever seen (Would you expect anything less from Bobby?). You can check out the rest of it here:

The symmetry in this photo is great, although the fireplace is almost to pretty to use.

This one is just the opposite of the image above, I am drawn to its imperfection and those andirons (or firedogs - the iron braces that hold the logs)

There is so much going on in this room, the fireplace certainly isn't the focal point, but it could be. The fireplace surround and wallpapered chimney are stunning.

The majority of fireplace images I have collected are Midcentury Modern or Retro in feel.  I am drawn to their sleek style.

The Malm fireplace can be used indoors or out. I love the color of this one. If you were patient (which I am not), you can find one of these on Craigslist or you can purchase a brand new one at Design Within Reach (

This room is nearly Midcenury Modern perfection in my eyes, a nice balance of iconic MCM furniture, but updated so it doesn't feel like a time warp. My favorite part is the two sided fireplace and the cushioned built in bench - lovely!

These bottom two photos are the same project I posted yesterday from when I worked for a design firm in Vail.  The fireplace surround is an antique that was deep cleaned to get of centuries of soot.  (Don’t look to closely at these photos – they were snapped on my iphone while the owners were out of town and the caretaker- yes, caretaker – had turned the cushions on the sofa up so they wouldn’t get flattened or collect dust).

I hope you are all curled up next to the fire at your house until we find our way out of this deep freeze!


About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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